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Brown Bag lunch on the SDG Dashboard in India (hosted by UNDG)

  • UN DOCO (16th Floor DC 1 ) 44th & 1st Ave New York United States (map)

The UN-led SDG Dashboard for India is single unified platform that provides granular and reliable data on the SDGs from established national sources, with the aim of providing actionable insights to users to hasten progress towards SDGs. It is essentially a consolidated central repository of SDG related data from over 130 disparate government data sources. It has been prepared in partnership with SocialCops, and in consultation with NITI Aayog (planning ministry responsible for coordinating SDG efforts with ministries and State governments) and the Ministry of Statistics (responsible for developing a national monitoring framework for SDGs). The first phase of the SDG Dashboard for India is currently live and running.

The SDG Dashboard, in its current form, is populated with 202 out of 306 indicators (as currently available in India) in the National SDG Monitoring Framework as developed by the Ministry of Statistics. It is an open source, scalable app allowing a user to view nationalized SDG indicator data at granular and disaggregated levels to narrow down specific focus areas including at two sub-national levels. It utilizes intuitive and easy to understand visualizations to help aid decision-making and also includes geographic map views to identify hidden geospatial trends within indicators.

At present, the SDG Dashboard is being implemented at the national level with data from the Government of India’s national SDG indicator framework and several state-level deployments have been agreed. We received a positive response from 12 countries who have shown interest in replicating the SDG Dashboard with their respective partner government agencies. We hope to be receiving expressions of interest from more countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond in the weeks to come.

About the speaker

Mr. Yuri Afanasiev is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India. He assumed his duties in July 2015. Prior to his current position, Mr. Afanasiev served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010-2015) and in Croatia (2005-2010).

Before that, he served in Headquarters in New York as Senior Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS covering 24 countries in the region including Central Asia. He has also served as Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the conflict (1997-2001) and Deputy Director at Inter Agency Procurement Services Office in 1996-1997. Mr. Afanasiev acted as Policy Officer at the Bureau for Finance and Administration at UNDP headquarters in New York and Portfolio Management Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services in Latin America, serving in Equador, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1992-1996. He started his development career in Cuba, where he served from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Afanasiev joined the UN from private business.

As a standing member of the crisis response team, Mr. Afanasiev was fielded as UNDP Coordinator for the Response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004-5, Somalia in 2012 and as the Typhoon Yolanda Response Coordinator in the Philippines in 2013. In 2014 he coordinated the UN response to the Balkan floods. He has spent over 14 years in various disaster and conflict duty stations.

Mr. Afanasiev holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He  is married with three grown children.